Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.
The thump of the helo returned, this time much closer.
The world grew loud, with voices jumbling with the sound of equipment and possibly the thump of a helicopter.
Well, then, however the old sea-captains may order me about--however they may thump and punch me about, I have the satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is one way or other served in much the same way--either in a physical or metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other's shoulder-blades, and be content.
Sweating and impatient after the slim escape from the ambush, Brady restrained his urge to thump the fed slowly checking Brady's micro.
The thump of a helicopter drew nearer.
There was a thump as the car smacked a body, and her eyes flew open.
And there's a mighty difference between a living thump and a dead thump.
The heavy thump of footsteps on the stairs interrupted their conversation.